"Spies" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Christopher Anthony John Martin....
I awake to find no peace of mind
I said how do you live as a fugitive
Down here where I cannot see so clear
I said, what do I know
Show me the right way to go

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad 'cause you know
But the spies hide out in every corner
But you can't touch them no, 'cause they're all spies
They're all spies

I awake to see that no one is free
We're all fugitives
Look at the way we live
Down here, I cannot sleep from fear no
I said, which way do I turn
Oh I forget everything I learn

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad 'cause you know
The spies hide out in every corner
But you can't touch them no
'Cause they're all spies
They're all spies

And if we all hide here
They're going to find us
And if we don't hide now
They're going to catch us where we sleep
And if we don't hide here
They're going to find us

And spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so good 'cause you know
Though spies hide out in every corner
They can't touch you no
'Cause they're just spies
They're just spies
They're just spies
They're just spies
They're just spies

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"Spies" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +6
    General CommentI think this song is just about all the different things in life that are unescapable. worries, stressors, minor/major troubles of just everyday life and it's complications are always around, and there is no way to ever escape them. even when we think that we have somehow managed to escape them, we will soon find that they are just hiding in the background (like spies...). we always suspect them to present themselves but are always happy with every moment that they keep themselves hidden and allow to enjoy life.
    blue_dissenton May 07, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentWe're all running away from our fears and worries, but we need to realize that they'll always be with us. They can't, however, hurt us, because they're just that--fears.
    ferrariguy90on February 12, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is a brilliant song and allows a lot of different interpretations (as some people have already said.) It's one of my favourites by Coldplay. The "spies" can be a metaphor for any sorts of fears you have that cause you to worry constantly and maybe get a bit paranoid. For me, the spies are actually just other people around you - it can often seem like they're spies that I have to hide my personality from, because I'm scared of their reaction. The bit at the end with the realisation that actually "they can't touch you, cos they're just spies" is so touching, and makes me feel much better about conquering these kinds of fears.
    CaughtYourRainbowson November 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe talks about the communism thing in one of his concerts, but that's not what this song was wriiten about. Chris Martin was joking about how the Chinese government misinterpretted the lyrics as being anticommunist. I think the meaning falls somewhat in line with what blue dissent was saying. Spies are just an analogy for for whatever worries you or gets you down. You can't live like a fugitive to your worries, cuz there will always be more worries lurking around every corner. Just live your life and remind yourself to not let your worries get the best of you.
    oktedson October 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit seems to be pretty clear that chris is talking about paranoia. The paranoias of everyday life, "spies" are the things that we fear. It's about things that haunt us in dreams, and they can't touch us, because the only escape is waking up.
    mixtapebusrideon July 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHE most underrated coldplay song of all time. I say it's the best song live of any other on parachutes.

    Even better...it was banned in CHINA!!!COOL!

    Mysterious feel about it...and an incredible guitar riff. I don't think it's a reference to anything in particular...including china. Fankly, I think Chris may have been inspired by a book or story to draw out an abbreviated storyline about a world or place inhabited by many spies that are everywhere, yet are almost never visible. Spies that seek out specific people...or fugitives if you will.

    Early on, the guy the freaked out and anxious because of this...but in the end finds comfort and indifference to the spies...maybe learning that they are harmless after all.

    If this song is a reference to something in the real world...it's a companion to brothers & sisters.
    Tnspieler1012on June 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat analogy buddy. i just love the song, thinking about what it means is too much work for me, id rather let the song put me to sleep or something.
    dr.jacobon May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just great, it is so full of things that make you think bout stuff. i fell in love with this song, which is easily the best on the album
    stebugon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just love the imagery of spies coming out of water. Whether it's metaphor or not, that's an awesome line.
    barbaloot11on July 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAre you guys blind?,I'm not being mean,but this song is so much of an acid trip. The spies are visible but they cannot be touched,so you feel bad,and ask your friend how he can do this as often as he does,and ask him to guide you through your trip and at the end you feel so good because the spies hide behind every corner but they cant touch you,no. Cause theyre just spies.
    CesaroSummabilityon July 17, 2002   Link

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